The Mace: Symbol of Senate's Authority


The mace is the symbol of authority of the Senate. Its symbolism strongly holds for the authority of the President of the Senate. It is also the authority of the Sergeant-at-Arms when enforcing order in the Senate. The mace is an essential part of the regalia of the Senate. Without it, the Senate is not considered to be properly constituted. When the Senate is in session, the mace is displayed at the Senate President’s rostrum. Otherwise, it is kept under the custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

The Sergeant-at-Arms, custodian of the mace, is charged with its use when necessary to preserve order. When the occasion calls for it, or when there is disorder in the session hall, he shall lift the mace from its pedestal and present it before an unruly member in order to restore order or quell boisterous behavior in the Chamber.

SOURCES: "Symbols of Authority". Senate of the Philippines; www.senate.gov.ph/about/symbols%20of%20authority.asp; https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/JV_Ejercito_at_Philippine_Senate_rostrum.jpg

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